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UER Forum > Archived US: South > Railroad Depot (Viewed 689 times)
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Railroad Depot
< on 11/10/2007 10:43 PM >
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Well went out this afternoon and found something of interest. The following is a antique railroad depot that served both passenger and freight in North Texas. I believe it was built in the 1920s but am unsure of that. Really nothing of too much interest inside but I shot it anyway.

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I didnt fall under either category so I figured I was good to go
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random telephone
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abandoned Engine
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Cool rail junction
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What did you think I forgot?????

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 1 on 11/10/2007 11:20 PM >
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I think a crackhead must've written that notice, as that is not how you spell 'whino'

At any rate, I too am a railfan so I like what I see. Not such a big railfan that I recognize the engine though, but for fun if I had to guess, by the colors of it I'd say Ferromex?

The junction is indeed, cool.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 2 on 11/11/2007 12:48 AM >
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Very cool shots man. I hate to see those old depots just rotting away. It's so nice when someone cleans them up and puts them to use.

That crossing junction is called a rail diamond.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 3 on 11/11/2007 1:34 AM >
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Posted by Raticus
...That crossing junction is called a rail diamond.


There is one at Tower 55 in Fort Worth, which I believe is sort of abandoned. Not in use anyways. Tower 55 itself, I mean.
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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 4 on 11/11/2007 1:51 AM >
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Posted by Mellon_Collie


There is one at Tower 55 in Fort Worth, which I believe is sort of abandoned. Not in use anyways. Tower 55 itself, I mean.


AHHHH tower 55, we used to go there every weekend when I was a kid, been meaning to get out there.......

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 5 on 11/11/2007 2:01 AM >
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Very nice! I found one almost exactly like this when I was in Iowa. Sad part was there was no way in. Considering you're not a crack head or a whino then it was ok for you to be in there.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 6 on 11/11/2007 2:08 AM >
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there is a nice painted one in Grapevine that is still in use. its a museum and the station for the Tarantula train

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 7 on 11/11/2007 2:24 AM >
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Posted by Mellon_Collie


There is one at Tower 55 in Fort Worth, which I believe is sort of abandoned. Not in use anyways. Tower 55 itself, I mean.


You're right. Tower 55 is abandoned but it is still in it's original location. Not too many of them are still around, especially in thier original location.

They do still use it as office space or storage though and it's not in a location where one could safely get inside it without permission, just FYI.
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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 8 on 11/11/2007 2:38 AM >
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Yeah you have to be real careful with Rail Yards.....its a main artery of the US. Homeland security doesn't look too kindly on trespassing there. Permission is definitely the way to go when dealing with exploring them. Most of the time if you show sincere interest in the railroad...they will accommodate your photography. Today I was lucky since it is a small yard.

We used to jump trains when I was a lot younger but now I wouldn't even try that.

And as far as the Grapevine Depot goes...most of the old stations in Texas are restored to that caliber. Of course there are exceptions but I have been to small town after small town only to see a gleaming depot that looks better than the majority of the town itself. You have to think the reason for most of these towns is the RAILROAD!

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 9 on 11/11/2007 2:58 AM >
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Posted by Raticus
You're right. Tower 55 is abandoned but it is still in it's original location. Not too many of them are still around, especially in thier original location.

They do still use it as office space or storage though and it's not in a location where one could safely get inside it without permission, just FYI.


I figured that much just from driving past it every day, so I wasn't planning on it. I've hopped a few trains before, but got off before I made it too far because I've haven't been able to get enough time off from work to commit to it. I realize that post 9-11 it's considerably more risky to be poking about railyards, but I've never had to talk to a bull in the past two years that I've been doing so. Just like exploring any other place really - be aware, careful and use common sense. Not saying I'm invincible, but I feel that for me personally, the risk is minimal and acceptable. *shrugs*
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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 10 on 11/11/2007 3:00 AM >
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From Wikipedia:

John Luther "Casey" Jones (March 14, 1863 -- April 30, 1900) was an American railroad engineer from Jackson, Tennessee who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). In 1900 he alone was killed when his passenger train collided with a stopped freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, on a foggy and rainy night. His heroic death trying to stop his train and save lives made him a railroad icon who became immortalized in a popular ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders, an African American engine wiper for the IC. He is the world's most famous railroad engineer.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 11 on 11/11/2007 3:04 AM >
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Posted by RobertB
From Wikipedia:

John Luther "Casey" Jones (March 14, 1863 -- April 30, 1900) was an American railroad engineer from Jackson, Tennessee who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). In 1900 he alone was killed when his passenger train collided with a stopped freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, on a foggy and rainy night. His heroic death trying to stop his train and save lives made him a railroad icon who became immortalized in a popular ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders, an African American engine wiper for the IC. He is the world's most famous railroad engineer.

If the man says no winos or crackheads, I think we ought to listen.


See the thing is I think drunks were allowed in there....but as far a whiners.....no dice.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 12 on 11/11/2007 3:10 AM >
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Posted by RobertB
From Wikipedia:

John Luther "Casey" Jones (March 14, 1863 -- April 30, 1900) was an American railroad engineer from Jackson, Tennessee who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). In 1900 he alone was killed when his passenger train collided with a stopped freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, on a foggy and rainy night. His heroic death trying to stop his train and save lives made him a railroad icon who became immortalized in a popular ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders, an African American engine wiper for the IC. He is the world's most famous railroad engineer.

If the man says no winos or crackheads, I think we ought to listen.


Wow.. thats pretty interesting stuff. It's strange that someone left his name there.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 13 on 11/11/2007 3:31 AM >
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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 14 on 11/11/2007 3:35 AM >
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Now that is cool.....Im sure you have a ton of depots in your "collection".

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Re: Railroad Depot
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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 16 on 11/11/2007 4:01 AM >
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Posted by Bustedknuckle
Now that is cool.....Im sure you have a ton of depots in your "collection".


Point proven.....do you have the one in Brady that is now an art gallery/cafe? That is my favorite.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 17 on 11/11/2007 4:22 AM >
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Posted by 2Xplorations
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As much as I've been around the railroads I've never seen one of those before. Must have been maybe an old scale house, or crew change point? Never seen one of those though. You got me on that railroad picture 2X.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 18 on 11/11/2007 5:19 AM >
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Posted by Raticus


As much as I've been around the railroads I've never seen one of those before. Must have been maybe an old scale house, or crew change point? Never seen one of those though. You got me on that railroad picture 2X.


Its the old passenger platform. Two ramps lead up from a tunnel under the tracks.

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Re: Railroad Depot
<Reply # 19 on 11/11/2007 6:11 AM >
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Is that place still the visitor's center???

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